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5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Iron Man, Muhammad Al-Qaasimy

Geylang International’s Iron-Man, Muhammad Al-Qaasimy Shares His Views & Opinions About Being A Geylang Eagle.

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Iron Man, Muhammad Al-Qaasimy

Question 1 –

A good victory with a clean sheet against the Tigers last week, next up is another ‘Eastern Derby’ battle at Jurong West Stadium, tonight. How is the team morale, how is team preparing and what is the target for GIFC?

Ans: First of all, the win against Balestier was a good result and getting a clean sheet was an added bonus. The team’s morale is certainly and we have had a good streak so far, unbeaten in four matches. The team and I are continuing to strive and train hard despite the two-day break in between matches. While training hard on the pitch, we are also constantly giving our best and incorporating Coach Noor Ali’s game plans into our sessions, to possibly outwit the Stags. The target is to go all the way, but we have to take it game by game.

Question 2 –

You have played as a Left Back, Right Back and Centre Back for the Eagles…Your thoughts of being a defensive asset to the team and how do you feel when the Geylang fans nickname you as the ‘IronMan of Geylang’?

Ans: It is always good to be adaptable to all aspects of any defence. It certainly helps when you’re being called upon to cover for another player, especially when injuries start occurring midway through the season. The fans and supporters of GIFC are always a pleasant sight. They never fail to turn up to each and every game and chant their hearts out, even after the final whistle. It is definitely very encouraging for them to bestow such a nickname on me. Feeling like Tony Stark already. HAHAHA.

Question 3 –

From Young Lions to LionsXII to Geylang International? How has the transition been and what is the most memorable Geylang moment you have had and why?

Ans: Playing in the different teams has given me a broad idea of what Singapore Football entails. Each experience is exclusive and has taught me a lot throughout my playing career. The most memorable moment for me has to be the game that I scored a goal for the Eagles against Balestier Khalsa, at the Eagles’ Nest aka Bedok Stadium. Having played in the S.League for a number of years, it has certainly boosted my spirits knowing that I can contribute to the team in attack, despite my main role being in defence. I’d like to continue to assist and score as much goals as much as I can, to propel the club to greater heights.

Question 4 –

After a brief spell with the National Team in 2016, are you confident of donning the national colours sometime soon, given your industrious and eye-catching performance in the heart of the Geylang’s defence since the start of 2017?

Ans: There’s no doubt about it. Every player would hope to don the national colours. For me personally, to have the Singapore flag on my chest brings me great pride and I certainly hope my tenacity, hard work and defensive performance will lead me back into the national team once again. Nonetheless, I will continue to give my best and all for the club in all the upcoming games.

Question 5 –

Given a chance, choose any defenders in the world, you would like to be lined up with, in a four-man defensive backline and why?

Ans: There would be definitely Paolo Maldini and Sergio Ramos at Centre Back, with myself at Right Back and Marcelo at Left Back. It would be a dream come true to play with these top defensive performers and definitely be an insane learning experience. They are the cream of the crop in their respective positions. Maldini basically for his timed tenacious tackles on opponents, Ramos for his leadership and patriotism for his country and club & lastly, Marcelo for bombing up and down the flanks and assisting and scoring goals for fun.

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